Tour de France 2013 to have more mountainous route

Tour de France 2013 given mountainous route
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The route for next year's Tour de France is expected to be more mountainous, which suggests that Bradley Wiggins may not defend his yellow jersey.

The route for next year's Tour de France will be more mountainous than this year's race, in which Bradley Wiggins became the first British cyclist to grab the famous yellow jersey.

The race will begin on the French island of Corsica, which has never featured during the tour before, on June 29 and it will finish in the evening on the Champs-Elysees for the ninth time on July 21.

The tough route for the 100th edition of the prestigious race will include two climbs up Alpe d'Huez on Stage 18, which is likely to suit riders Andy Schleck and Alberto Contador.

There will be two time trials during the race, with one flat route at the Avranches-Mont St Michel, while the second at the Embrun-Chorges in the Alps will offer steep roads and descents for the riders.

There are a total of five summit finishes, which will occur at the Ax 3 Domaines, Mont Ventoux, Le Grand Bornand, Alpe d'Huez and Le Semnoz.

Reports have claimed that Wiggins may not defend his title next year and could instead leave Chris Froome to lead the team due to the mountainous route.

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